Apple is tightening the reins on iOS developers who utilize IDFA, putting the kibosh on apps that use the identifier without offering up advertisements. Such activity has been against its terms for iOS developers, yet was still fairly common among many apps that are now being rejected.
This morning Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent out a letter to his employees about their talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over App Store in-app purchases. You'll find that Apple's chats with the FTC over the past few months have not been in vain, and have resulted in a negotiation ending in a consent decree. Cook suggests that "I know this announcement will come as a surprise to many of you since Apple has led the industry by making the App Store a safe place for customers of all ages."
Early in the days of the iPhone and other smartphones many people though apps would be a big money maker, but you might not have know just how big a money maker cheap apps would be. Apple has announced its App Store sales for 2013 and the money made was huge.
There's an error appearing for users this afternoon for iDevices and desktop computers when they access iTunes or the App Store with the word "Fatal" in it. While we wouldn't recommend panicking quite yet, you can rest easy in knowing you're not the only one to see said error. A variety of users in forums and help arenas today are reporting the same login breakdown.
Apple quietly massaged its App Store search algorithms so that poor spelling, fat-finger mistakes, and confusion over software names is less of a barrier to finding the right title, sources claim. The updated search engine was switched on "a few weeks ago" insiders tell TechCrunch, and is likely to help guide iOS users away from so-called squatting apps which capitalize on misspelled titles.
If you’ve used a previous iteration of GarageBand for OS X, the update to version 10 of the software for OS X Mavericks shouldn’t require too much convincing. It’s essentially a new iteration of the same high-powered set of features with additional features to boot. But what about those users who want to pay the cash to grab this app from the Mac App Store for the full price - those that haven’t purchased a piece of OS X hardware in the past couple of months (and from this point forward) that haven’t had the GarageBand experience? For those of you there, there’s this.
BlackBerry BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service was downloaded more than 10 million times within the first 24 hours after its release to iPhone and Android users. This makes the app one of the highest-grossing app debuts on either platform. The app can be downloaded free of charge in the App Store and Google Play.
If you've seen the likes of the Apple Volume Purchase Program in the past, you're likely part of an Education or Enterprise-based organization, and you've likely wished they had the same program for Mac Apps as well. While this program had only worked with iOS-based apps and books in volume in the past, Apple has issued a note to developers today letting them know about a Mac-aimed program appearing soon. This Mac Apps for education and enterprise program will work with the same sort of setup - purchasing apps in bulk for a discount then distributing them to students, administrators, teachers, and employees.
Research firm Gartner has posted some very interesting numbers looking at the overall app market around the world for 2013. According to the company, there will be 102 billion app downloads globally during 2013. That 102 billion downloads will also generate billions and billions of dollars in sales.
This week those responsible for holding the keys to the gates of Apple's mobile app store have taken the lock off of submissions for 64-bit apps. Developers will be able to create and submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 only for the time being. In the near future, Apple will be sending out availability for both 32-bit and 64-bit development for both iOS 7 and iOS 6 in a single app binary.